‘Morbius’ Moves To March 2021 As COVID-19 Continues To Shake Up The Box Office

by Erik Amaya

Morbius, a film planned for release this summer, has moved to next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Jared Leto starring film, based on the Marvel character created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane was originally slated for release on July 31st. In fact, it had a quiet production and saw no major incidents or displays of “method acting” from its star. Sony even released a trailer for it back in January which hinted at more connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and featured a surprise appearance from Michael Keaton’s Vulture. But as it becomes clear the COVID-19 outbreak will delay the summer movie season — if not cancel it outright — Sony has moved the film to March 19th, 2021.

But it is not the only Sony production avoiding what is sure to be an abbreviated summer season. Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the curiously moody Ghostbusters sequel is now set for release on March 5th, 2021 instead of July 10th, 2020 as originally planned. Additionally, THR reports the often-delayed Uncharted is, once again, delayed thanks to the outbreak. Stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg were expected to head to set later this Spring, but that seems extremely unlikely. Sony has set the film for release on December 8th, 2021; bumping an untitled Marvel film off the schedule entirely.

We’re also inclined to think that the third Spider-Man film will also be delayed as it is scheduled to open on July 16th, 2021. But, perhaps, Sony can figure out a way for both productions to share Holland as they film almost concurrently.

One of Sony’s Marvel films still expected to release on time is Venom 2. Though not confirmed as the “Untitled Marvel Sequel” Sony has scheduled for October 10th of this year, Venom 2 is, literally, the only Marvel sequel film Sony has anywhere near complete. But, again, as the outbreak continues, it is possible October may come and still see movie theaters shut.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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